Media Releases

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers’ (CSM) met in Adelaide and via teleconference on 9 April 2021.

Design submissions open soon for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Australian design professionals are being asked to submit designs for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

Australians invited to help shape a future for women free of violence

The Morrison Government has opened public consultation on the next National Plan to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

Assistance extended for flood and storm-affected communities in NSW

The Australian Government is extending the period that mutual obligation requirements will be lifted for communities affected by flooding and storms in New South Wales.

Day one of a stronger social security safety net

From today the rate of working age payments will be permanently boosted following the historic passage of the Strengthening Income Support package through Parliament in March.

$6 million investment to improve the lives of Australians on the Autism Spectrum

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, the Morrison Government is granting $6 million to Autism CRC to improve health services and education and employment opportunities for Australians on the autism spectrum.

Supporting Greater Brisbane through COVID-19

The Australian Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay and Brisbane Local Government Areas from today 29 March 2021 to Tuesday 6 April 2021 inclusive

Five Fairbridge farm schools to join the National Redress Scheme

Five former Fairbridge farm schools will now be covered by the National Redress Scheme allowing survivors of these institutions to have their applications progressed.

Temporary pause lifted on new Cashless Debit Card participants

The temporary pause on new income support recipients going on to the Cashless Debit Card program, which was put in place in response to COVID-19, has been lifted.

Strengthening Australia’s social security safety net

The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to enhance Australia’s social security safety net after Parliament today passed the historic Strengthening Income Support package.

More choice for Income Management participants

From today about 25,000 Income Management participants in the Northern Territory can now volunteer to transfer from the BasicsCard to the Cashless Debit Card.

March indexation delivers increased payments

More than five million Australians will receive an increase to their social security payments from 20 March 2021 when indexation takes effect.

Australians encouraged to “unmute” themselves and call out disrespect

The Morrison Government will today launch the $18.8 million third phase of the national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children to mark International Women’s Day.

$1.3 billion boost for Australian households

Around $1.3 billion will land in eligible Australians’ bank accounts from this week, as the Morrison Government delivers a fourth Economic Support Payment.

Helping older Australians improve their digital skills, confidence and online safety

Older residents across Australia will be encouraged to bridge the digital divide through a new government investment to help senior Australians remain connected with friends and family online and learn new skills.

National Redress Scheme Financial Sanctions

A new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) governance standard is now in place which requires registered charities to take reasonable steps to join the National Redress Scheme if an application has been made, or is likely to be made, against them.

Morrison Government commits record $9B to social security safety net

The Morrison Government is enhancing our social security safety net by increasing support for unemployed Australians while strengthening their obligations to search for work.

Supporting Victoria through COVID-19

The Morrison Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in Victoria from today 12 February 2021 to Monday 22 February 2021 inclusive.

Funding boost for Queensland Cashless Debit Card support services

Support services in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions will receive additional funding to provide ongoing assistance to local Cashless Debit Card participants.

Lifting mutual obligation requirements for bushfire affected areas in Western Australia

The Morrison Government will continue to support Western Australian communities devastated by bushfires, as they look to rebuild and recover.